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Monday, August 11, 2014

TETHERED by Pippa Jay

She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?

For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.

For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.

Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?

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Five Heroines who inspired TETHERED

1. Leeloo. The ultimate warrior. The perfect being. The Fifth Element. Watching Leeloo kick Mangalore butt puts paid to the whole 'fight like a girl' putdown. And yet underneath she's still fragile. Still wants to be loved. Something Tyree eventually has to admit to.

2. Aeryn Sun. Bred and trained to be a warrior, Peacekeeper Aeryn in Farscape had no other function. But John Crichton and the mixed crew of rebels on-board Moya challenge her perceptions, concepts and core values. From obedient Peacekeeper drone to honorable, battling supermum, Aeryn takes it all in her stride.

3. River Tam (Firefly/Serenity). Another already talented young girl, River had her mind and genetics messed with to produce the ultimate weapon. Despite her frequent brushes with insanity, she always pulls through to save the day.

4. Dejah Thoris. A Princess of Mars, scientist and warrior, John Carter is the perfect match. He soon recognises her as no mere damsel in distress, though she's that too, and wisely steps out of the way when she steps up to fight her own battles. Spirited, smart, but all woman.

5. Mystique. Yes, I have a villain on my list! But however much a bad ass Mystique might be, she's that way for a reason. Like my heroine Tyree, she considers herself an outcast from the human race, and a figure to be feared. But she's also smart, capable and quick. Mystique can shapeshift into anyone, while Tyree merely turns incorporeal. Mystique always struck me as a character who revelled in her differences while secretly yearning to be accepted, something that has maybe bled into Tyree's character. Whatever, Mystique is a force to be reckoned with, and a beautiful one at that (yes, even with the scales and being blue. I have odd preferences in my definition of beauty).

So which of my five feisty female role models do you admire the most?


After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), three self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, and Reboot), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
You can stalk her at her website http://pippajay.co.uk, or at her blog http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

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